"I think most things are calculated. I don't know if he said, you know what, if I send this response maybe all these college students that e-mail us on a daily basis trying to get quotes will stop, or maybe he just lost his temper," Bilton said.
Isaacs is worried about her assignment.
"The article can go on, but it just won't be with the quote that I really needed. I probably won't get an A, maybe I'll get a B," she told Gawker.
Apple declined comment for this story, and Jobs did not respond to an e-mail from ABC News.